Monthly Archives: August 2016

Narcissus ‘Rising Star’ (7) AGM


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped corona

Jonquilla and Apodanthus daffodils have very narrow cylindrical leaves and stems with up to 5, usually fragrant, flowers per stem, with spreading perianth segments and a small cup

‘Rising Star’ is a jonquil to 40cm tall, with strong stems bearing several fragrant white flowers with small pink cups, in early and mid spring

Common Name: daffodil ‘Rising Star’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Pink and White in Spring
Hardiness: H6 (hardy – very cold winter)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to slugs, narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wildflower meadow

Narcissus ‘Highfire’ (2)


Narcissus are bulbous herbaceous perennials with linear leaves and leafless stems bearing flowers, which may be solitary or in umbels, with 6 spreading perianth segments and a cup or trumpet-shaped corona

Large-cupped daffodils have solitary flowers in which the cup is at least one third as long as, but shorter than, the perianth segments

‘Highfire’ is a tall daffodil with flowers 9cm wide, the perianth segments deep yellow, the cup red

Common Name: daffodil ‘Highfire’
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Color flower: Red and Dark Yellow in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by slugs, large narcissus bulb fly, narcissus eelworm, and bulb scale mite
Pruning: Deadhead as flowers fade and allow the leaves to die down naturally
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Plant at one and a half to two times its own depth in autumn. Will tolerate most soils but prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is constantly moist during the growing season
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wildflower meadow

Chionodoxa ‘Valentine Day’


Chionodoxa are easily grown dwarf bulbous perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves and star-shaped blue flowers in early spring

‘Valentine Day’ is a small bulbous perennial to 15cm tall, with strap-shaped leaves and erect racemes of white-centred, lilac-pink flowers in spring

Common Name: glory of the snow ‘Valentine Day’
Family: Hyacinthaceae
Color flower: Pink and White in Spring
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Green in Spring
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1-2 years
Exposure: Easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Plant 8cm deep in autumn
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs

Armeria juniperifolia ‘Bevan’s Variety’ AGM


Armeria are evergreen perennials forming tufts or mats of strap-shaped or linear leaves, with long-stalked, dense clusters of small cup-shaped flowers

‘Bevan’s Variety’ is a compact evergreen perennial forming low mats to 15cm in width, with needle-like leaves and rosy-pink flowers on stems to 5cm in height

Common Name: thrift ‘Bevan’s Variety’
Family: Plumbaginaceae
Color flower: Dark Pink in Spring
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained, poor to moderately fertile soil in an open situation in full sun
Garden characteristics: Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants

Gymnocalycium baldianum AGM


Gymnocalycium can be spherical or cylindrical cacti, with ribs divided into rounded, spiny tubercles, and funnel-shaped flowers in early summer

G. baldianum is a cactus with solitary, flattened-globose stems with 9-11 tubercled ribs and bristle-like radial spines. Funnel-shaped flowers 4cm across are deep pink to crimson in summer

Common Name: dwarf chin cactus
Family: Cactaceae
Color flower: Pink and Red in Summer
Hardiness: H2 (tender – cool or frost-free greenhouse)
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Bushy
Habit: mealybugs may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow under glass in a standard cactus compost, in bright, filtered light, with good ventilation. When in growth water moderately and feed every two or three weeks with a balanced liquid feed. Keep almost dry in the winter
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Crocus banaticus AGM


Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring

C. banaticus is a perennial corm with lilac to light purple flowers produced before the leaves in early autumn. Inner tepals much smaller than outer ones, which reflex in strong sun

Common Name: Byzantine crocus
Family: Iridaceae
Color flower: Purple and Pale Purple in Autumn
Hardiness: H5 (hardy – cold winter)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Tufted
Habit: Corms are vulnerable to mice, voles and squirrels
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in a moderately fertile, humus-rich, moderately well-drained soil
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Rock Garden